Baked Rigatoni Pasta
Prepare time: 20 min
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
Ready in: 1 hr 35 min


For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

For assembly

  • 16 ounces rigatoni pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • cooking spray


1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9″x13″ pan with cooking spray.


For the sauce

1Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and sausage to the pan. Season the meat with salt and pepper.


2Cook the meat for 3-4 minutes, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon. Add the onion to the pan. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until meat is browned and cooked through and onion is softened.

3Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the marinara sauce and tomato sauce to the pan and bring the sauce to a simmer.


4Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes or until just thickened


For assembly

1Toss the cooked rigatoni with the sauce.


2Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and top with mozzarella cheese.


3Bake covered for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until pasta is bubbly and cheese is melted and browned.


4Sprinkle with parsley. Let stand for 5 minutes, then serve.